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Industrial Policy and Competitive Advantage
The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics Series 84
The emergence of industrial policy as a central issue among not just policy makers but the intellectual community as well reflects not only concerns about the international competitiveness of firms and nations but also unemployment and growth. Scholarship on industrial policy has been scattered across a wide range of disciplines and subjects, rendering it difficult to grasp the state of knowledge on the subject. The purpose of this three volume series is to provide the classic articles forming the building blocks of scholarship on industrial policy and present them in an integrated framework. These classic contributions span a number of subjects within economics, such as international trade, industrial economics, labour economics, economic development and technological change, as well as a number of different academic disciplines, including political science, sociology, international relations, and international management. The first volume focuses on The Mandate for Industrial Policy, the second on Instruments and Targets, and the third on Industry and Country Studies.
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'David Audretsch has assembled a highly respectable collection of classical economic literature on the role and impact of industrial policy on national competitiveness ... Audretsch's collection of works is a blend of the conceptual and empirical and easily accessible to any professional working in the field of industrial policy. Economists, policy analysts (trade, technology and industrial policy in particular), business and international political economy scholars, and political scientists will find these texts to be an essential reference for their work ... the breadth and scope of works presented in this set is considerable, and the great virtue of Industrial Policy and Competitive Advantage is in its organization of topics and themes ... is an important addition to the literature on the study of industrial policy. Because it concentrates - in a single source - the significant economic contributions to the thinking, theory, and empirical evidence behind industrial policy making, most analysts will consider it a primary and essential resource.' -- Maria Papadakis, James Madison University, US 'David Audretsch has undertaken a challenging task, in both concept and magnitude, in putting together the selection of 68 articles. He has met his self-imposed challenge with distinction... In sum, these three volumes make an outstanding contribution to the reference literature of modern economics, not only for the overall high quality of the reprinted articles and chapters, but also for the editor's perceptive and ingenious presentation of a highly complex body of writing.' -- William L. Baldwin, Dartmouth College, US '... Industrial Policy and Competitive Advantage is a rich collection of classic articles by experts in the area to provide "building blocks of scholarship on industrial policy". The three volumes are so organized, each addressing a unique characteristic of the literature in the field.' -- V.P. Jain, Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research 'There is good representation of both Eastern Europe and South East Asia with articles by Audretsch and Westphal among others. There is no doubt that the three volumes will provide a very useful reference collection for both students and academics and will help focus the debate surrounding industrial policy.' -- Katherine Wakelin, The Economic Journal